We love when you give us assignments! Hot off the press is a request for a FabList of work-friendly backpacks that don’t scream student, hiker, or tech-bro but do announce “let’s make a deal” in a chic yet professional way. We were up to the task!
Yes, we know some of you won’t touch a work backpack with a ten foot trekking pole but you might want to rethink that. Many of us love them because they are:
- Hands-Free: Keep those hands ready for anything that might come your way.
- Ergonomic: A backpack spreads the weight of what you are carrying evenly vs putting all the strain on one shoulder when you are carrying a tote.
- Efficient: Backpacks have internal and external pockets for laptops, papers, pens, etc. so you can easily organize and access all your stuff.
Drum roll please! Here is our FabList of chic backpacks to help you look polished and ready for business:
This sleek nylon twill backpack is water-resistant and weatherproof, ensuring your belongings stay safe and dry in any conditions. With a dedicated laptop compartment and a modern utilitarian design, it effortlessly attaches to your suitcase handle, making it the ultimate travel companion.
Made in Italy in a small family-owned factory outside of Pisa, this stylish and streamlined backpack is thoughtfully made with adjustable side snaps, allowing you to tailor its capacity to fit your daily needs. Available in 3 sizes and 3 colors, the spacious interior and thoughtful details accommodate all your daily needs.
Designed to make every journey (and commute) easier, this streamlined backpack has space for a laptop, interior multifunction pockets, and exterior zip pockets for easy access to essentials.
Beloved by fashionistas, the Dakota is made from neoprene so it’s super light, durable and stylish. Available in 3 sizes and 6 colors and with all the organizational bells and whistles you need for keys, plugs, water bottles, etc. this is a comfy, all-day carry for wherever your personal or business day leads you.
The New York–based label has mastered a do-it-all bag for do-it-all women—think style that can go from work to gym to evening out, holding everything and looking great. Crafted of lightweight, long-lasting nylon with Italian leather accents, with the brand’s signature quilting, this backpack is a fashionable workhorse.
From the fab raincoat manufacturer, this backpack is a modern and sleek way to go, complete with a magnetic flap with adjustable lobster-clasp closure, inside compartment with laptop pocket, and exterior zip pocket. Chic and waterproof and available in many neutral colors.
This vegan-leather backpack is sleek, stylish, and structured but also super-functional. It has a separate zippered back compartment to keep your laptop secure, a luggage sleeve, as well as several zippered pouches inside the main compartments that help keep the rest of your belongings organized. It comes in work-appropriate black, white, and brown, but yellow and purple too for a pop of personality!
A timeless and durable nod to French style, Longchamp’s nylon backpack stows everyday essentials for a très-chic hands-free commute. The backpack comes in more than half a dozen colors, all with a brown leather handle and flap with metallic gold details, and brown webbed fabric straps. This is a bit smaller than the backpacks detailed above but can hold a small laptop or tablet.
You can check out all of our recommended purses, totes and backpacks here.